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Heliodorus's Aethiopica and the Odyssean Mnesterophonia: an intermedial reading

Tagliabue, Aldo

In: TAPA, 145 (1 October 2015), Nr. 2. pp. 445-468

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The opening scene of Heliodorus’s Aethiopica has a special ekphrastic quality, and scholars have noted that its tragic banquet recalls the Mnesterophonia in Homer’s Odyssey. I argue that Heliodorus’s banquet is not only a literary remaking of the Odyssean episode but also an account that stresses its pictorial quality. This new reading is suggested by the vividness of the description and by the echoes of drinking vessels and tables, the two distinctive features of the iconography of the Mnesterophonia, which was likely to be known in Heliodorus’s time (third-fourth centuries c.e.).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: TAPA
Volume: 145
Number: 2
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 07:27
Date: 1 October 2015
Page Range: pp. 445-468
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Seminar für klassische Philologie
Subjects: 470 Italic Latin
480 Hellenic languages Classical Greek
870 Italic literatures Latin
880 Hellenic literatures Classical Greek
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